The worlds my parents gave me

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

One of the most exciting things about becoming a mom was buying all the books. Seriously! Other people might concentrate on things like onesies, baby wipes, bouncers and cribs. I did enjoy putting all of that together—my daughter’s nursery is outer space-themed, because I’m just that predictable. For me, though, good parenting also involved making sure that my daughter had the proper reading material. Like I said. I’m predictable. My…

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I wish THE TRYING GAME came out three years ago!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

I’m an older millenial, and so are a bunch of my friends. We’re the Oregon Trail generation, hundreds of thousands strong, folks who graduated college straight into a recession and have spent the last few decades struggling to survive. And here we are, our forties approaching like an overloaded freight train, and most of us have just started doing things previous generations did decades ago: buying houses, getting married, having…

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Let’s go back. All the way back.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

When I think of the books and authors that have influenced me, I think back. Way back. Back further than that. All the way to the beginning, really, because there’s nothing like the high you get from reading when you’re young. I think that’s one of the highs we chase as adult readers—the feeling we got way back when while staying up late, hiding under the sheets with a flashlight,…

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When Kimmery Gets Distracted

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

  Today’s topic is Writing Through Distraction, which I feel eminently qualified to discuss because my God, it is freakishly cold in here. I think my hand just fell off. Where did I put those fingerless gloves and the little ski-package hand warmer thingies? The key to writing through the inevitable maelstrom of carnage that will occur as you are trying to finish your assignment is holy smoke! Modern Mrs….

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Deb Susan and the Serrano of Doom

In my family’s language , “funny stories” translates to “let’s embarrass the children.” And so, with no further ado: When my son was small, I often took him to visit my father on weekends. Dad lived 20 minutes from us, with a big backyard where my son could run and play. Dad also loved Jack-in-the-Box cheeseburgers, so I usually picked up lunch on the way. One midsummer afternoon when my…

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Deb Elise Is Into Chains

I love independent bookstores.  I do.  I support them, I stand behind them, I’m all for them. However, with the downfall of Borders, and many people predicting a similar future for Barnes and Noble (unless their Nook can save them), I want to take a moment to sing the praises of these giant chain stores.  Maybe it’s because I grew up in the heart of suburbia, where going to the…

Monday, March 7, 2011
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On Balance, a.k.a. The Blog Post Deb Elise Should Not Write

There are some topics on which I have no right to blog: Raising twins (don’t have ’em), Skydiving (won’t do it), Sword-Swallowing (ow)… Yet even considering all those, probably the topic on which I have the least right to blog is Balance, and I mean that in every sense of the word.  I will fall over if I try to do tree pose, I’m too impatient to find that perfect…

Monday, December 6, 2010
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Deb Elise: A Case Study In Near-Disaster

Even as I write this, I’m sitting with my grandmother and sister, watching the Eagles defeat (so far, keep your fingers crossed) the Giants, at the tail end of a weekend filled with fun, food, and family.  Work is great — Elixir was a bestseller, and Hilary and I are working on the sequel; Populazzi ARCs have arrived at Harcourt; I’m working on some really fun TV and DVD projects…

Monday, November 22, 2010
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Deb Elise Plays With Change

Here are a few things I know about change… Pocket Change: My wallet will be absolutely bursting with pocket change… until I’m in dire need of coins to feed the parking meter. Change of Clothes: An absolute necessity when I travel out of town for a wedding, in case the dress I fully intended to wear suddenly no longer fits (clearly it must have shrunk…). Change of Scenery: Moving my…

Monday, October 4, 2010
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Deb Elise Blogs on Friendship, Courts Death

Good friends are the ultimate external hard drives: they enhance your memory. I remember a lot, but there’s also way too much that’s slipped through the cracks over the years.  Yet when I’m with the friends who really shared my life at various points, everything comes rushing back like no time passed at all. For 6th grade through high school reminiscing, there’s no one like Temperance.  Our friendship started rocky,…

Monday, September 13, 2010
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